Peter Moores is facing calls for his second spell as the England coach to be terminated after a humiliating 15-run defeat against of Bangladesh in Adelaide saw his side tumble out of the Cricket World Cup in the group stages.
Moores, who returned to the top job in April last year following Andy Flower’s move into a background coaching position, was ridiculed on social media for telling Test Match Special he would need to “look at the data” after England were bowled out for 260 needing 276 to stay in the tournament.
Sir Ian Botham, while praising England’s opponents, believes the time is ripe for shakeup of the team management. “Well done Bangladesh! England pathetic!” he tweeted. “When are we going to pick the selectors to pick a team for the 1 day format? Time for change!!”
Those words were echoed by Shane Warne, who wrote: “Eng had the wrong team, the wrong style of play & everyone could see it, tonight’s result not a shock. I feel for Morgan, coach in trouble!”
Jason Gillespie, who has been tipped to replace Moores should the axe fall, given his previous work with incoming ECB chairman Colin Graves, claimed the blame for such a dismal campaign should rest with the bowling attack.
“They haven’t been able to take enough wickets or reduce the scoring rate. That’s an area for them to work on,” the County Championship-winning Yorkshire coach told PA, before distancing himself from the job. “I’m very comfortable at Yorkshire. My focus is 100% here.”
Such failure, just two years after reaching the final of the Champions Trophy in 2013, left the former England captain Andrew Strauss questioning how seriously the 50-over format is taken in this country given the emphasis on success in Test cricket.
“The type of cricket they played [in the Champions Trophy] still wouldn’t do any good in this World Cup. The game has moved on, that is the reality,” Strauss told Sky Sports. “The question is: do we actually care about one-day cricket? We talk a lot about it during a World Cup but the rest of the time it’s about the Ashes and getting to No1 in the world at Test cricket. If we’re honest with ourselves, we’ve never prioritised one-day cricket.”
That verdict was immediately countered by exiled batsman Kevin Pietersen, the man whose fallout with Moores in early 2009 ended his first stint as England coach.
Pietersen insists failures in the 50-over showpiece tournament are unacceptable given the decision to play back-to-back Ashes series to facilitate a winter of white-ball cricket. “DO NOT SAY WE HAVENT PRIORITISED ODI CRICKET!” wrote Pietersen on Twitter. “We played a back to back Ashes to make sure England played 6 months of ODI’s before this WC!”